Originally given away for a very limited time with copies of 76139 1989 Batmobile in 2019, the minifigure-scale rendition of the Caped Crusader’s wheels – as seen in Tim Burton’s Batman movies – sold out almost instantly at LEGO.com, leaving plenty of Bat-fans empty-handed. That imbalanced supply and demand also meant the promotional build quickly shot to eye-watering prices on the aftermarket, and has only risen in value in the years since.
All that could be about to change, however, with one eye on news of the first LEGO DC set reportedly coming our way in 2023. Over the weekend, an online retailer published a listing for 76221 Batmobile: Flash Tracking, which – based on its roughly-translated product name – could be based on the DCEU’s upcoming The Flash movie.
We already know that Michael Keaton is reprising his role as Batman for the movie, which is apparently loosely inspired by Flashpoint, a 2011 comic that saw Barry Allen travelling back in time to prevent his mother being murdered by Reverse Flash. His actions opened up the DC universe to an alternate reality, and it’s that kind of multiverse-bending story that will presumably allow for Keaton’s older Bruce Wayne to enter the fray.
With that in mind, it seems likely that if 76221 Batmobile: Flash Tracking is indeed based on the long-gestating film, it could consist of another minifigure-scale rendition of the Batmobile, as conceived by Julian Caldow for Tim Burton’s original pair of Bat-movies, Batman and Batman Returns. The original listing for the set includes a piece count of 456, which would surely be enough parts given the 2019 set made do with just 366.
And if we are on the cusp of getting a new minifigure-scale Keaton-mobile – one that’s available at retail, and far more accessible than its predecessor – it’s surely going to have some effect on the value of 40433 1989 Batmobile – Limited Edition. At the moment, the average price of the promotional set on BrickLink is approximately £159 new and £127 used, while 76221 Batmobile: Flash Tracking will reportedly cost somewhere in the region of £40.
If you’ve been sitting on a copy of 40433 1989 Batmobile – Limited Edition waiting for the right time to cash in, you might be best doing so very soon, just in case the new LEGO DC set is indeed a fresh take on that same Batmobile. Your call, though – with little else to go on, that DC set could really be any Batmobile, and not necessarily one tied to next year’s The Flash…
Take a closer look at 40433 1989 Batmobile – Limited Edition in our review. The Flash is currently slated to arrive in cinemas on June 23, 2023.
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